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Overseas merchandise trade
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Overseas merchandise trade statistics provide statistical information on the importing and exporting of merchandise goods between New Zealand and other countries.

For help finding the import/export data you’re after, call our Infocentre on 0508 525 525 or email

Information releases

Explore our latest import and export statistics.

Overseas merchandise trade 
View monthly information about the goods that New Zealand imports and exports.

Overseas merchandise trade by country (2014 data)
Select any of the top 50 countries we trade with for a snapshot of information about the goods we imported and exported in 2014. 


Find current overseas merchandise trade data through the following free online tools.

Select the following category from the Infoshare home page for imports and exports data
Subject category: Imports and exports
Group: eight groups are available

Find out more about Infoshare.

Go to NZ.Stat to create and customise imports and exports tables from large datasets.

Find out more about NZ.Stat.

Overseas merchandise trade datasets
Monthly and annual data showing all the 10-digit Harmonised System codes traded in a particular period.

Reports and articles

Explore information we've gathered from research and analysis.

Consumption goods continue upwards trend in January 2016 (published 2016)
Article discussing reasons for the upward trend in the value of consumption goods imported into New Zealand.

25 years of the New Zealand Tariff and the Harmonised System (published 2014)
Article that explores the role these documents have in understanding New Zealand's goods trade.

Growing your business using goods trade statistics (published 2014)
This article gives you information on different ways to use goods trade statistics.

Integrated trade and business statistics (published 2013)
Discussion about the characteristics of New Zealand's importing and exporting traders in 2011, using an experimental series known as the BF\Trade match.

Methods of transporting imported and exported goods (published 2012)
Find out about the different ways that imported and exported goods are transported.

Investigating how overseas merchandise trade data can change after publication (published 2011)
Learn how overseas merchandise trade data can change in the first four months it's published.

Why overseas merchandise trade data can change (published 2011)
Overseas merchandise trade data may be revised after it's first published. Find out why.

Global New Zealand  (published six-monthly)
Get a snapshot of New Zealand's trade with the rest of the world, including information about international travel and migration, trade in services, and commodities traded.

Information about data

Get technical information such as classifications used, survey design, glossary of statistical terms.

Explore our metadata about overseas merchandise trade.

Harmonised System 2012 and trade statistics (published 2011)
New Zealand’s trade classification and coding system that became effective in January 2012.

Harmonised Classification 2017 (published March 2017)
Explains why the Harmonic System changes and how those changes affect users of our data.

Harmonised System 2017 (published August 2016)
Information about the changes in HS classification codes – these changes will be effective from 1 January 2017.


Get help to interpret and use our data.

How overseas merchandise trade confidentiality is applied (published 2011)
Find an overview of how confidentiality is applied to overseas trade data.

Ways of looking at New Zealand merchandise trade using different economic classifications (updated 2012)
Examine five classifications that give a picture of New Zealand's merchandise trade data.

Trade confidentiality
Find out about the treatment of confidential items in overseas trade and cargo statistics.


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